ADMINISTRATIVE AND SOCIOLOGICAL DETERMINANTS OF WOMEN PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS IN SOUTH EAST GEOPOLITICAL ZONE OF NIGERIA

AUTHOR: EZEADIM HELEN NWANNEKA

DEPARTMENT: HUMAN KINETICS AND HEALTH EDUCATION

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

Women are observed to be poorly represented in sports as players, coaches, advisers and as team administrators. The thrust of this study therefore, is to ascertain the extent of the negative administrative and sociological determinants of women participation in sports in South East geo Political zone of Nigeria. To facilitate the realization of this objective, Seven research questions and seven hypothesis were formulated for the study. The study adopted the descriptive survey research design. The population of the study was 584 which comprised all the registered female athletes and female officials from the five States that make up the South East geo political zone of Nigeria. Using simple random sampling, three States were sampled out of the five States namely Abia, Enugu and Anambra States from which 281 respondents were sampled for the study. The research instrument used for the study was a self-structured questionnaire. It consists of 24 items drawn from the seven research questions. The instrument was administered on 281 respondents. Data were analyzed using mean scores for answering the research questions and t-test for testing the null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. Based on the analyses, the findings were as follows; Equipment / facilities, Sports personnel, rewards/incentives, family background were perceived as negative determinants of women participation in sports to a high extent; Funding, peer group influence and religious influence were perceived as not strong enough determinants of women participation in sport in South East Geo Political zone of Nigeria. There was no significant difference in the mean scores of athletes and officials in their perceptions of equipment/facilities, sports personnel, funding, rewards/incentives and religious influence as negative determinants of women participation in sports; There was significant difference in the mean scores of athletes and officials in their perceptions of peer group influence and family backgrounds as negative determinants of women participation in sports. Based on the findings, The following recommendations and others were made: that the Government should take sports serious and provide sports facilities and equipment especially the modern types to make sports attractive to both men and women in the south eastern zone and Nigeria in general; Physical educators should organize community based education or enlightenment in various communities in the areas covered by this study and Nigeria in general on the importance of sports for women and as a means of raising their awareness and boosting their participation.

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